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Crash Bandicoot: Warped
Crash Bandicoot Warped cover.jpg
Developer(s) Naughty Dog
Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date(s) PlayStation:
USA October 31, 1998[1]
Europe December 13, 1998[citation needed]
Japan December 17, 1998[citation needed]
USA August 22, 1999 (Greatest Hits)[citation needed]
Japan October 14, 1999 (Best for Family)[citation needed]
PlayStation Network:
Japan September 27, 2007[citation needed]
USA February 7, 2008[citation needed]
Europe October 23, 2008[citation needed]
Genre(s) Platformer
Rating(s) Original release:
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
ACB:ACB G.png - General
PlayStation Network:
PEGI:PEGI 3.jpg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
Console(s) PlayStation, PlayStation Network
Mode(s) Single player
Media CD-ROM (PlayStation)
Digital download (PSN)
Input PlayStation Controller
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Crash Bandicoot: Warped is the third game of the Crash Bandicoot series. The title is a direct sequel to Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back. It was developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation in 1998. It is the last Crash Bandicoot platformer that was developed by Naughty Dog, thus concluding the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy. In 2008, Crash Bandicoot: Warped was re-released for the PlayStation Network. In 2017, a remake of the game, along with its two predecessors, was included on Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. The story centers on Crash and Coco Bandicoot and their mission to gather Crystals scattered across time before Dr. Neo Cortex can obtain them.

Plot[edit]

Aku Aku alerts Crash and Coco that Uka Uka has been freed

The game takes place immediately after Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, in which Dr. N. Brio uses the gems Crash had collected to power his giant laser weapon to destroy Dr. Neo Cortex's space station. As a result, large chunks of the space station's debris plummet down to Earth and crash into an ancient monument. When the smoke clears, an evil entity flies off into the night.

Back on N. Sanity Island, the home of Crash and his friends, an evil laughter rings through the air. Aku Aku appears shaken and urges everyone to come inside, as a great evil has come.

In an as-of-now unknown area, Cortex is seen cowering before Uka Uka, who appears to have saved Cortex from the depths of space and is now upset that Cortex has failed him twice. Cortex insists that it is all Crash Bandicoot's fault but Uka Uka's patience is spent, as there is now no other power source on the planet; however, since Cortex has indirectly set him free, Uka Uka spares Cortex's life and introduces Dr. N. Tropy, master of time and the creator of the Time Twister that the trio is currently standing on. With N. Tropy's Time Twister, the villains plan on gathering the Power Crystals in their original places in time.

Inside Crash's home, Aku Aku tells the Bandicoots a story of how many eons ago, Uka Uka, Aku Aku's evil twin brother, was locked in an underground prison by Aku Aku to protect the world from his malice, and now that he is free, he must be stopped at all cost. With that, Crash and his friends travel to the Time Twister Machine, where their adventure begins.

After Crash and Coco have defeated N. Tropy (along with Cortex's minions, Tiny Tiger, Dingodile and Dr. N. Gin) and collected all of the Crystals and all of the Gems, Crash battles Cortex in the core of the Time Twister Machine. Upon Cortex's defeat, the Time Twister implodes (due to N. Tropy's defeat), taking Cortex, Tropy, and Uka Uka with it. Crash and the others escape just in time for the snow season. As the ending credits roll, it is seen that the three villains are trapped in a time prison, with Cortex and Tropy transformed into infants and fighting over Uka Uka's possession.

Gameplay[edit]

Crash in the first level, Toad Village

Crash Bandicoot: Warped takes place in a hub area titled the Time Twister, which every level is accessed from. There are five Time Warp chambers, each containing five levels and a boss fight, which can be accessed once Crash completes the five levels and obtains the crystal in each one. After completing the boss fight, Crash can access the next Time Warp chamber. The game supports the DualShock controller, which gives off a vibration in certain parts, such as while Crash or Coco are riding a vehicle. Whenever Crash starts one of two certain levels of a Time Warp chamber or its boss battle, a cutscene is shown in which that chamber's boss talks to Crash.

The gameplay is largely similar to the first two games, because in most levels, Crash or Coco must follow a path to the end. Crash Bandicoot: Warped emphasizes the use of vehicles, such as a plane or a jetski. There are a few prehistoric-themed levels in which Crash can ride a small T-Rex named Baby T and a few China-themed levels where Coco can ride a small tiger named Pura. Super Powers are introduced in the game, and are obtained for defeating a boss. Super Powers permanently give Crash an extra ability, such as a longer spinning attack or a double jump.

In every level, Crash can obtain a Clear Gem if he has destroyed every box. Some levels allow Crash to obtain another gem if he has completed a certain task, such as winning a race. By doing so, the Clear Gem appears at the end, in front of the exit portal. Some levels have a Colored Gem, which Crash can obtain by completing a level's secret area.

Crash Bandicoot: Warped introduces a Time Trial mode in each level, where the goal is for Crash to race through a level as quickly as possible. Time Boxes are laid throughout, and can freeze time for either one, two, or three seconds. If Crash is quick enough at completing a level in Time Trail, he is rewarded a Relic, which is either sapphire, gold, or platinum, depending on the completion time.

If Crash collects all five Relics of a Time Warp chamber, a platform appears in the middle, and it takes him to a hidden sixth Time Warp chamber. Each of its five levels are unlocked individually, by collecting every Relic from a certain Time Warp chamber, including the ones before it. Two of the levels in the hidden Time Warp chamber are a secret entrance to an earlier level. In total, there are 32 regular levels (30 if the two "secret entrance" levels are excluded) and five boss fights.

To complete the game, Crash must have collected all 25 Crystals, 45 Gems, and 30 Relics. If Crash has earned a 100% completion score, a second and final battle against Cortex is unlocked, and completing it unlocks an alternate ending.

Listings[edit]

Characters[edit]

Playable[edit]

Bosses[edit]

Supporting Cast[edit]

Cameos[edit]

Levels[edit]

The game has a time travel theme, so each level and, by extension, the Time Travel Areas, are themed after a certain time period or setting, including medieval kingdoms, underwater areas, areas within the Great Wall of China, the dinosaur era, pirate oceans, a Roman colosseum, Arabian bazaars, desert interstates, Egyptian ruins, the ice ages, a futuristic dungeon, sky areas, a futuristic city, the moon, and laboratories. The following charts show the international Relic times, with the European times in italics.

Levels
Medieval Location[2]
# Icons Level Boxes Relic times Developer time Theme Collectible items Unlock criterion
Time Portal Load/Save Sapphire Gold Platinum
1 Crash Warped Toad Village Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Toad Village LoadSave icon.png Toad Village Crash only 42 1:03:00
1:02:00
0:57:50
0:56:52
0:44:03
0:43:00
0:39:93 (Andrew Woodworth) Grassy 1 Crystal
1 Clear Gem
1 Relic
Available from the start
2 Crash Warped Under Pressure Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Under Pressure LoadSave icon.png Under Pressure Crash only 92 1:46:00 1:17:90
1:17:92
1:10:50
1:10:48
0:57:83 (Shawn Dobbins) Underwater 1 Crystal
1 Clear Gem
1 Relic
Available from the start
3 Crash Warped Orient Express Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Orient Express LoadSave icon.png Orient Express Coco only 51 0:41:00 0:27:80 0:18:10
0:18:08
0:16:96 (Justin Monast) East Asian 1 Crystal
1 Clear Gem
1 Relic
Available from the start
4 Crash Warped Bone Yard Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Bone Yard LoadSave icon.png Bone Yard Crash only 66 1:45:00
1:43:00
1:40:20
1:38:20
1:21:00
1:19:00
1:15:36 (Donovan Soto) Forest
Fire
1 Crystal
2 Clear Gems
1 Relic
Available from the start
5 Crash Warped Makin' Waves Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Makin' Waves LoadSave icon.png Makin' Waves Coco only 37 1:08:00 0:58:23
0:58:20
0:53:23
0:53:24
0:50:66 (Andrew Woodworth) N. Sanity Beach 1 Crystal
1 Clear Gem
1 Relic
Available from the start
Boss level Crash Warped Tiny Tiger Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Tiny Tiger LoadSave icon.png Tiny Tiger Crash only - - - Ancient ruins Super Charged Body Slam Collect 5 Crystals
Arabic Location[3]
# Icons Level Boxes Relic times Developer time Theme Collectible items Unlock criterion
Time Portal Load/Save Sapphire Gold Platinum
6 Crash Warped Gee Wiz Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Gee Wiz LoadSave icon.png Gee Wiz Crash only 100 1:35:00
1:34:00
1:22:73
1:21:72
1:05:90
1:04:00
0:58:66 (Andrew Woodworth) Grassy 1 Crystal
1 Clear Gem
1 Relic
Complete Tiny Tiger
7 Crash Warped Hang'em High Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Hang'em High LoadSave icon.png Hang'em High Crash only 96 1:24:00
1:23:00
0:52:63
0:51:64
0:43:80
0:42:80
0:34:36 (Donovan Soto) Urban
Desert
1 Crystal
1 Clear Gem
1 Yellow Gem
1 Relic
Complete Tiny Tiger
8 Crash Warped Hog Ride Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Hog Ride LoadSave icon.png Hog Ride Crash only 13 0:45:00 0:41:43
0:41:44
0:35:06
0:35:04
0:33:96 (Evan Wells) Desert
Urban
1 Crystal
1 Clear Gem
1 Relic
Complete Tiny Tiger
9 Crash Warped Tomb Time Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Tomb Time LoadSave icon.png Tomb Time Crash only 95 1:42:00
1:41:00
1:10:00
1:09:00
0:53:90
0:52:92
0:50:63 (Corey Strock) Desert
Ancient ruins
1 Crystal
2 Clear Gems
1 Relic
Complete Tiny Tiger
10 Crash Warped Midnight Run Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Midnight Run LoadSave icon.png Midnight Run Coco only 35 0:51:00
0:53:00
0:38:23
0:38:20
0:18:20 0:13:20 (Evan Wells) East Asian 1 Crystal
1 Clear Gem
1 Relic
Complete Tiny Tiger
Boss level Crash Warped Dingodile Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Dingodile LoadSave icon.png Dingodile Crash only - - - Winter Double Jump Collect 10 Crystals
Oriental Location[4]
# Icons Level Boxes Relic times Developer time Theme Collectible items Unlock criterion
Time Portal Load/Save Sapphire Gold Platinum
11 Crash Warped Bone Yard Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Dino Might! LoadSave icon.png Dino Might! Crash only 112 1:34:00
1:33:00
1:25:76
1:24:76
1:03:00
1:02:00
0:55:00 (Donovan Soto) Forest
Fire
1 Crystal
2 Clear Gems
1 Relic
Complete Dingodile
12 Crash Warped Under Pressure Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Deep Trouble LoadSave icon.png Deep Trouble Crash only 83 1:47:00 1:25:13
1:25:16
1:18:33
1:18:36
1:00:46 (Shawn Dobbins) Underwater 1 Crystal
1 Clear Gem
1 Red Gems
1 Relic
Complete Dingodile
13 Crash Warped High Time Time Portal image.png Crash Warped High Time LoadSave icon.png High Time Crash only 85 2:12:00 1:04:10
1:04:12
0:56:93
0:56:96
0:45:10 (Corey Strock) Urban
Desert
1 Crystal
1 Clear Gem
1 Purple Gem
1 Relic
Complete Dingodile
14 Crash Warped Road Crash Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Road Crash LoadSave icon.png Road Crash Crash only 25 1:25:00 1:20:70
1:20:72
1:17:10
1:17:08
1:15:53 (Shawn Dobbins) Desert
Urban
1 Crystal
1 Clear Gem
1 Relic
Complete Dingodile
15 Crash Warped Double Header Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Double Header LoadSave icon.png Double Header Crash only 91 1:27:00 1:21:13
1:21:16
0:59:40 0:56:00 (Andrew Woodworth) Grassy 1 Crystal
1 Clear Gem
1 Relic
Complete Dingodile
Boss level Crash Warped N. Tropy Time Portal image.png Crash Warped N. Tropy LoadSave icon.png N. Tropy Crash only - - - Industrial Death Tornado Spin Collect 15 Crystals
Egyptian Location[5]
# Icons Level Boxes Relic times Developer time Theme Collectible items Unlock criterion
Time Portal Load/Save Sapphire Gold Platinum
16 Crash Warped Tomb Time Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Sphynxinator LoadSave icon.png Sphynxinator Crash only 105 1:42:00 1:22:63
1:22:64
0:56:70
0:56:68
0:50:63 (Evan Wells) Ancient ruins 1 Crystal
2 Clear Gems
1 Relic
Complete N. Tropy
17 Crash Warped Bye Bye Blimps Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Bye Bye Blimps LoadSave icon.png Bye Bye Blimps Coco only 11 1:09:00 0:58:40 0:51:50
0:51:48
0:38:63 (Jason Rubin) Sky theme
Grassy
1 Crystal
1 Clear Gem
1 Relic
Complete N. Tropy
18 Crash Warped Tell No Tales Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Tell No Tales LoadSave icon.png Tell No Tales Coco only 61 1:42:00 1:25:63
1:25:64
1:05:23
1:05:24
1:01:70 (Shawn Dobbins) N. Sanity Beach 1 Crystal
1 Clear Gem
1 Relic
Complete N. Tropy
19 Crash Warped Future Frenzy Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Future Frenzy LoadSave icon.png Future Frenzy Crash only 133 2:01:00 1:34:00 1:19:63
1:19:64
1:07:47 (Shawn Dobbins) Industrial
Urban
1 Crystal
2 Clear Gems
1 Relic
Complete N. Tropy
20 Crash Warped Tomb Wader Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Tomb Wader LoadSave icon.png Tomb Wader Crash only 88 2:44:00 1:45:03
1:45:04
1:24:00 1:11:16 (Corey Strock) Ancient ruins 1 Crystal
1 Clear Gem
1 Blue Gem
1 Relic
Complete N. Tropy
Boss level Crash Warped N. Gin Time Portal image.png Crash Warped N. Gin LoadSave icon.png N. Gin Coco only - - - Space Fruit Bazooka Collect 20 Crystals
Future Location[6]
# Icons Level Boxes Relic times Developer time Theme Collectible items Unlock criterion
Time Portal Load/Save Sapphire Gold Platinum
21 Crash Warped Future Frenzy Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Gone Tomorrow LoadSave icon.png Gone Tomorrow Crash only 87 2:05:00 1:25:60 1:02:10 0:55:46 (Andrew Woodworth) Industrial
Urban
1 Crystal
2 Clear Gems
1 Relic
Complete N. Gin
22 Crash Warped Orange Asphalt Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Orange Asphalt LoadSave icon.png Orange Asphalt Crash only 20 1:36:00 1:33:30
1:31:28
1:21:80 1:16:70 (Shawn Dobbins) Desert
Urban
1 Crystal
1 Clear Gem
1 Relic
Complete N. Gin
23 Crash Warped Flaming Passion Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Flaming Passion LoadSave icon.png Flaming Passion Crash only 75 1:43:00
1:42:00
1:13:10
1:12:08
0:59:40
0:58:40
0:51:10 (Andrew Woodworth) Urban
Desert
1 Crystal
1 Clear Gem
1 Green Gem
1 Relic
Complete N. Gin
24 Crash Warped Mad Bombers Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Mad Bombers LoadSave icon.png Mad Bombers Crash only 11 2:08:00 1:55:23
1:55:20
1:38:13
1:38:16
1:24:10 (Sam Thompson) Sky
Winter
1 Crystal
1 Clear Gem
1 Relic
Complete N. Gin
25 Crash Warped Bug Lite Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Bug Lite LoadSave icon.png Bug Lite Crash only 120 1:49:00
1:47:00
1:34:86
1:32:84
1:14:90
1:12:92
1:08:00 (Evan Wells) Desert
Ancient ruins
1 Crystal
2 Clear Gems
1 Relic
Complete N. Gin
Boss level Crash Warped N. Cortex Time Portal image.png Crash Warped N. Cortex LoadSave icon.png N. Cortex Crash only - - - Ancient ruins
Industrial
Speed Shoes Collect 25 Crystals
Neo-Cor Systems
# Icons Level Boxes Relic times Developer time Theme Collectible items Unlock criterion
Time Portal Load/Save Sapphire Gold Platinum
26 Crash Warped Ski Crazed Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Ski Crazed LoadSave icon.png Ski Crazed Coco only 100 1:16:00 0:50:50
0:50:48
0:33:30
0:33:32
0:28:63 (Dan Arey) N. Sanity Beach 1 Clear Gem
1 Relic
Collect 5 Relics
27 Crash Warped Hang'em High Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Hang'em High LoadSave icon.png Hang'em High (alternate entrance) Crash only 96 1:24:00
1:23:00
0:52:63
0:51:64
0:43:80
0:42:80
0:34:36 (Donovan Soto) Urban
Desert
1 Crystal
1 Clear Gem
1 Yellow Gem
1 Relic
Collect 10 Relics
28 Crash Warped Area 51 Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Area 51 LoadSave icon.png Area 51? Crash only 24 1:53:00 1:49:80 1:44:50
1:44:48
1:38:96 (Shawn Dobbins) Desert
Urban
2 Clear Gems
1 Relic
Collect 15 Relics
29 Crash Warped Future Frenzy Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Future Frenzy LoadSave icon.png Future Frenzy (alternate entrance) Crash only 133 2:01:00 1:34:00 1:19:63
1:19:64
1:07:47 (Shawn Dobbins) Industrial
Urban
1 Crystal
1 Clear Gem
1 Relic
Collect 20 Relics
30 Crash Warped Rings of Power Time Portal image.png Crash Warped Rings of Power LoadSave icon.png Rings of Power Crash only 33 1:20:00
1:22:00
1:01:43
1:03:44
0:51:73
0:53:76
0:47:93 (Evan Wells) Sky
Desert
2 Clear Gems
1 Relic
Collect 25 Relics
Other secret levels
# Load/Save icon Level Boxes Relic times Developer time Theme Collectible items Access method
Sapphire Gold Platinum
31 Crash Warped Hot Coco LoadSave icon.png Hot Coco Coco only 70 1:00:00
1:00:00
0:30:10
0:30:08
0:19:93
0:19:96
0:14:60 (Andrew Woodworth) N. Sanity Beach 1 Clear Gem
1 Relic
Run over a street sign with an alien on it in Road Crash
32 Crash Warped Eggipus Rex LoadSave icon.png Eggipus Rex Crash only - 0:55:00 0:50:03
0:50:00
0:44:83
0:44:80
0:41:10 (Andrew Woodworth) Forest
Fire
1 Clear Gem
1 Relic
Take the Yellow Gem path and jump onto the second pterodactyl in Dino Might!

Items[edit]

Name Description
Colored Gem There are a total of five Colored Gems, and collecting one unlocks a path in a certain level. Each gem is a different color and is found in a certain level: red (Deep Trouble), blue (Tomb Wader), green (Flaming Passion), yellow (Hang'em High), and purple (High Time).
Crystal The main collectibles of the game. All five must be collected in each Time Warp chamber to unlock its boss stage.
Relic A Relic is rewarded to Crash if he completes a level in Time Trial mode within a certain time. Relics come in three colors — sapphire, gold, and platinum — and the one rewarded depends on the completion time.
Stopwatch Starts the Time Trial mode in a level. Only appears once Crash has completed the level at least once.

Vehicles[edit]

Vehicle Description Levels
Bi-plane Piloted by either Crash or Coco in levels where they must shoot down blimps and fighter planes. A directional arrow points out where they must go. Bye Bye Blimps, Mad Bombers, Rings of Power
Jet Ski A vehicle that can travel on water surface. It is used by Coco in four levels, one of which is a hidden level. Like the Bi-plane, a directional arrow points out the correct way, except in the hidden level. Makin' Waves, Tell No Tales, Ski Crazed, Hot Coco
Jet Sub An underwater vehicle that Crash can use to fire missiles and travel underwater faster. Under Pressure, Deep Trouble
Motorcycle In four levels, Crash must ride a motorcycle to race against the hot rods. Hog Ride, Road Crash, Orange Asphalt, Area 51?

Spyro the Dragon demo[edit]

Crash Bandicoot: Warped has a playable demo of Spyro the Dragon, making it the first Crash Bandicoot game to have a playable demo of a Spyro game. The demo can be accessed from the title screen by inputting Up Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, and lastly the Square button. The code is similar to the Konami Code but with a Square button at the end rather than a "B" button and then an "A" button.

Reception[edit]

  • GameSpot: 8.9 out of 10
  • IGN: 9.1 out of 10
  • GamePro: 5 out of 5
  • The Electric Playground: 8 out of 10
  • All Game Guide: 4.5 out of 5
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly: 9.1 out of 10
  • PSM: 4.5 out of 5
  • Official PlayStation Magazine: 5 out of 5
  • Play UK: 90 out of 100

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Crash Bandicoot: Warped.

Trivia[edit]

  • The Japanese version exclusively featured compatibility with the PocketStation, allowing the player to play exclusive minigames.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Naughty Dog - 30 Year Timeline". Naughty Dog official website (archived).
  2. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (Prima Guide), page 146.
  3. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (Prima Guide), page 159.
  4. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (Prima Guide), page 175.
  5. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (Prima Guide), page 194.
  6. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (Prima Guide), page 210.